"Exciting outer space tale"
Because it seems to never stop raining, the planet Fluva
has been nicknamed THE DROWNING WORLD from members of the
Commonwealth. On Fluva, the wettest spot is probably
Viisiiviisii Jungle where the combination of constant
torrents with extreme humidity has led to one of the
Commonwealth's greatest natural treasures. Exotic flora
and strange animal life abound here and not anywhere else.
When bioprospector Shadrach Hasselemoga disappears while on
a biological expedition on Fluva, an irritated Commonwealth
Chief Administrator Lauren Mathias puts together a team to
rescue the missing fool lost somewhere in the jungle.
Though the right species make up the squad to include an
ape-like native and a Deyzara, the rescuers vanish too. At
about the same time of the second disappearance, the
Sakuntala make a play for power with one goal being the
genocide of the Deyzara leadership. As Deyzara refugees
flee in terror, Lauren wonders whether the Sakuntala are
involved in the vanishing or is her paranoia justified that
the enemy reptilian empire is causing the disturbances?
Move the 1950s and 60s confrontations through third world
nations between the US and the USSR into outer space and
one will understand the premise of the Commonwealth
series. The alien races appear real and fully developed.
Few writers make other species seem so authentic as Alan
Dean Foster does. The exciting story line will delight
fans of the series that will enjoy the latest strife
between empires through surrogates.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 10, 2003